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Complimentary Virtual Event

July 15, 2021 | 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM ET

Food Safety Hazards Series:

Salmonella Detection, Mitigation, Control & Regulation

The CDC estimates that nearly 1.35 million people fall ill and 420 people die annually as a result of non-typhoidal Salmonella. Food is determined to be the main source of illness in these cases. During this virtual event, experts will discuss challenges and tangible best practices in Salmonella detection, mitigation and control, along with critical issues that the food industry faces with regards to the pathogen.

Learning Objectives:

  • The journey and progress of petition to USDA on reforming and modernizing poultry inspections to reduce the incidence of Salmonella and Campylobacter
  • Salmonella detection, mitigation and control
  • A case study on Salmonella and crisis management

Who Should Attend:

  • Quality assurance/quality control
  • Sanitation
  • Risk manager
  • Food safety compliance
  • Food laboratory
  • Regulatory

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11:45 am - 11:50 pm -  Welcome and Introductions
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech 

11:50 am - 12:35 pm - Get with the Program: Modernization of Poultry Inspections in the United States (Panel Discussion)
Mitzi Baum, CEO, STOP Foodborne Illness
Sarah Sorscher, Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Martin Weidman, DMV, Ph.D., Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety Cornell University
Bruce Stewart-Brown, Sr. Vice President of Technical Service & Innovation, Perdue Foods

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm - TechTalk sponsored by Meritech
Will Eaton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Meritech

12:50 pm - 1:35 pm - Detect, Deter, Destroy! A Discussion on Salmonella Detection, Mitigation and Control
Elise Forward, President and Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
Jeffrey Lee Kornacki, Ph.D., President & Sr. Technical Director, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.
Dave Pirrung, Owner, DCP Consulting

1:35 pm - 1:50 pm - TechTalk sponsored by Best Sanitizers, Inc.
Patrick Casey, Regional Account Manager - Southwest, Best Sanitizers, Inc.

1:50 pm - 2:05 pm - TechTalk sponsored by Weber Scientific
Asif Rahman, Sales Manager, Weber Scientific

2:05 pm - 2:35 pm - A Case Study
Rob Mommsen, Senior Director, Global Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Sabra Dipping Company

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm - The 8th and Important step in Sanitation: Biofilm Removal - TechTalk Sponsored by Sterilex
Adam Esser, Regional Sales Manager - Mideast, Dairy Application Specialist

Pathogens likeSalmonella live and thrive in a complex structures called biofilm.  We will go over how incorporating a biofilm control step helps manage resistant strains ofSalmonella in your facility.  Biofilm creates natural resistance to sanitizing and mitigation effortsManaging biofilm is a key part of any comprehensive Salmonella management plan for food processing facilities.

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm - Wrap Up Panel
Elise Forward, President and Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech 

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm - Program Conclusion


Mitzi Baum
Mitzi Baum
STOP Foodborne Illness

Mitzi Baum began her role as CEO of Stop Foodborne Illness in May 2019. As CEO, Mitzi is responsible for leading and growing the organization to expand its impact of preventing foodborne illness in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining Stop, she spent 23 years at Feeding America leading their food safety advocacy work, developing programs, and assisting people affected by food insecurity. Mitzi lives in Chicago with her husband, 10-year-old daughter, and their dog. When she’s not working, Mitzi enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, Crossfit, yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

Sarah Sorscher
Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs

Sarah Sorscher is Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs at Center for Science in the Public Interest, where she works to improve consumers’ access to information about the food they eat, stop deceptive food advertising, and reduce or remove pathogens and other harmful contaminants in our food supply.  Prior to joining CSPI she worked on health and safety issues at Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and served as a law clerk for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Amherst College.

Bruce Stewart-Brown, DMV
Sr. Vice President of Technical Services & Innovation
Perdue Foods

Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown is Senior Vice President of Technical Service and Innovation. He joined the Company in 1998. In this role, he is responsible for the Technical support (nutritional, veterinary, laboratory, live operations continuous improvement, welfare programs and compliance) as well as technical innovation (take innovative technologies from good ideas to real change within Perdue Foods everyday business.).  This responsibility includes 11 feed mills, 15 hatcheries, and the health and care of 13 million chickens placed each week on family farms throughout the 14 states that Perdue is raising chickens.  He is guiding Perdue’s industry-leading transformation in how the company raises chickens and was instrumental in the company’s successful transition away from antibioticsPrior to joining Perdue, he was Director of Global Technical Services for poultry at various companies including, Salisbury Labs/Solvay Animal Health/Fort Dodge Animal Health.  He earned a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University, DVM from Iowa State University and is a Diplomate from the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.


Elise Forward

Martin Wiedmann, Dr. med. vet, Ph.D.
Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety
Cornell University

Martin received a veterinary degree and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell, where he currently is the Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety. His research interests focus on farm-to-table microbial food quality and food safety. He and his team are regularly asked to help industry across the world with a range of microbial food safety and quality challenges. He received the Young Scholars award from the American Dairy Science Association in 2002, the Samuel Cate Prescott Award from Institute of Food Technologists’ in 2003, the International Life Science Institute North America Future Leaders Award in 2004, and the American Meat Institute Foundation Scientific Achievement Award in 2011. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), and a member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.


Will Eaton

Will Eaton
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Will Eaton, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Meritech is an accomplished leader with a proven history of success in growing market share for small to medium-sized businesses. During his two years at Meritech he has transformed the go to market strategy and structure of the sales team which resulted in tremendous growth for the company.  Prior to Meritech, he was the Vice President of National Accounts at Checkers Safety Group, which Justrite Safety Group acquired in January 2018, Eaton quickly and consistently surpassed sales goals while completing and integrating nine acquisitions in just 15 months. The company achieved 19% growth in 2017 — 6% above the average growth trend for the industry. Prior to joining corporate America, Will served as a Captain in the Marine Corps and was one of the founding members of Marine Special Operation Command.

Elise Forward

Elise Forward
President & Principal Consultant
Forward Food Solutions

Elise Forward is the President and Principal Consultant of Forward Food Solutions, which specializes in helping companies with their FSVP programs.  She is one of those rare people that LOVE supply chain work!  Forward Food Solutions also is happy to assist food manufacturers, distributors, and importers in updating and strengthening their food safety and quality systems.  Elise’s uses her production, distribution, and supply chain experience to help companies in both the international and domestic markets.  She is a member of IAFP, ASQ, IFT, and MWFPA.


Jeffrey Lee Kornacki, Ph.D.
President & Sr. Technical Director
Kornacki Mircrobiology Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Kornacki is an industrial forensic food microbiologist. He has assisted and continues to assist many companies during environmental and product contamination concerns including FDA and USDA recalls, and has made well over 850 troubleshooting related plant visits across a vast assortment of food processing industries in his career. He is an active member of IAFP and several PDGs including the Low Moisture Foods PDG. He received the IAFP Sanitarian award (2010), its Wisconsin chapter’s (WAFP) Laboratorian of the Year award (2010) and is past Chairman of IAFP’s Food & Hygiene PDG from 2011 to 2013.  He became an IAFP Fellow in 2017 and has published on a wide variety of food microbiology topics. 

Dave Pirrung
DCP Consulting

Dave Pirrung is presently the Owner of DCP Consulting which specializes in Food Manufacturing Hygiene. He has global leadership experience in Sanitation and Hygiene with fortune 500 Food Companies.  His expertise is in food safety, cleaning and sanitation, pest control, hygienic design, environmental monitoring, mitigation techniques, HACCP, TQM, Process design, USDA, FDA, and PMO compliance.  EHEDGE experience.  Campden BRI HAACP certified, ASQ Certified in Quality Management and Operational Excellence, PCQI Certified training.  Presently uses his experience in helping companies with Training, Program Development, Allergen Control and Environmental Mitigation and Preventative Control.

Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey
Regional Account Manager - Southeast

Patrick Casey is the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Best Sanitizers, Inc.  He has over twelve years of chemical experience, is PCQI Certified (Preventative Controls Qualified Individual), and maintains a Certified Professional of Food Safety Credential accredited by the National Environment Health Association. Patrick is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) and United States Navy Veteran. He currently lives in Northeast Georgia, has four children, and enjoys spending time at the beach.

Bob Mommsen

Rob Mommsen
Sr. Director, Global Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Sabra Dipping Company

Rob Mommsen joined Sabra in 2010, left in 2013, and came back in late 2016 as the Sr. Director of Global Quality and Food Safety.

He is a food manufacturing executive with international, multi-facility experience in shelf-stable, frozen, refrigerated, and Ready-to-Eat/Ready-to-Heat food and alcoholic beverage products including meat, dairy, vegetable, fruit, and grain based main courses, sides, snacks, sauces, dips, condiments, syrups, wine, and beer packaged in glass, cans, and rigid and flexible plastic.

Rob has over 40 years of hands-on know-how in quality assurance, food safety, regulatory compliance, thermal processing, process engineering, product development, continuous improvement, and R&D with food manufacturing firms that include Sara Lee, Hillshire Farms, and Baxters Food Group.  He has a proven record of building high performance teams and leading successful start-ups and turnarounds.  Rob drives operational excellence and margin expansion in the most challenging cultures through organizational development, innovation, and sustainable improvement of Key Performance Indicators.

Scott Braddus

Asif Rahman
Sales Manager
Weber Scientific

Asif Rahman, Sales Manager at Weber Scientific, will take a look at using novel sanitation verification tools to identify pathogens and improve environmental hygiene. Asif holds his undergrad in Biochemistry and an MBA degree. He started his work in a commercial laboratory doing 3rd party analysis for food and beverage safety. Starting as a bench chemist, Asif moved his way up through R&D, Lab Management, and finally Director of Sales before pursuing his MBA degree and joining Weber Scientific, where he focuses on utilizing his past lab experience to help improve quality and sanitation programs within the food and beverage industries. 

Scott Braddus

Adam Esser
Dairy/CIP System Applicant Specialist
& Regional Sales Manager - Mid-East Region

Adam is the Dairy/CIP system applicant specialist and Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-east region for Sterilex where he excels at delivering complex and valuable solutions to some of food safety’s toughest challenges.  Adam has a long history of working on all sides of the production and chemical equation, from starting his own company to plant management and operational or sanitation support. He’s spent the last decade working to battle biofilm, delivering safer food processing environments and saving plants money by reducing operating costs.  He’s also HACCP and PCQI certified.


Scott Braddus

Maria Fontanazza
Food Safety Tech

Maria has more than a decade of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications within the publishing, conferences and medical device industry. She has authored more than 250 articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications and has moderated educational sessions and panel discussions at industry events. Maria joins Innovative Publishing from Secant Medical, Inc., where she was the Marketing Communications Manager and Market Research Manager. Maria has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

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